Community Service, Character Development, and Career Exploration Grants

Following is a list of grants that focus on helping students engage in Community Service, develop character, or explore Career options and their future path.

TitleDescriptionYearSchools
LifeLabs HEF's first grant: A three-year project (1995-98) at Hopkins High School that connected students with the world of work, and then morphed into something much bigger. Read more 1995-1996 HHS
LifeLabs Kickoff Provided funding for a kickoff program for the LifeLabs project. Learn more about LifeLabs. 1996-1997 District-wide
Costa Rica Trip Partially funded the choir and orchestra music and service trip to Costa Rica. 1997-1998 HHS
Future Teachers Created pilot project to teach students to be effective tutors and student teachers, serving all Hopkins K-12 students. 1998-1999 HHS
Big Willow Wildflowers Supported restoration of native wildflowers in Big Willow Park. 1998-1999 Gatewood
Anti-Violence Program Funded CLIMB Theater anti-violence programming. 1999-2000 Alice Smith
Future Teachers Expanded 1998-1999 pilot program to teach studentsto be effective tutors and student teachers, serving all Hopkins K-12 students. 1999-2000 HHS
Kids Voting HEF awarded a grant to develop a program promoting the development of active, engaged and well-informed citizens by instructing kindergarten through 12th grade students in the election process. The program culminated on Election Day with students voting along with their parents at city polling sites. 2000-2001 District-wide
Youth Frontiers Helped fund joint initiative between Hopkins Schools and Youth Frontiers focused on character development. Learn more. 2000-2001 Katherine Curren, Meadowbrook, & Tanglen Elementaries
Teaching Responsibility Funded CLIMB Theaterresponsibility program. 2000-2001 Glen Lake
Kids Voting HEF awarded a grant to continue the program promoting the development of active, engaged and well-informed citizens by instructing kindergarten through 12th grade students in the election process. The program culminated on Election Day with students voting along with their parents at city polling sites. 2001-2002 District-wide
Respect and Tolerance Residency Provided funds for CLIMB Theater to spend a two-week residency on respect and tolerance. 2001-2002 Alice Smith
Small Business Model Provided seed money for the HAP "Alternative Sense" business venture, their model small business. 2001-2002 HHS
Resiliency Educattion Provided a matching grant for a week of resiliency education from the Climb Theater’s Teaching Company, benefiting the entire school. 2002-2003 Katherine Curren
Leadership Skills rovided ongoing support for NJH’s advisory program, designed to build relationships, both between students and between student and teacher, and to provide a communication forum for topics that don’t fit easily into standard courses. 2002-2003 NJH
Donald Coppins Memorial Millennium Forest Donald Coppins Memorial Millennium Forest Awarded funds to enhance the Millennium Forest which since its creation in 1998 has been very successful in creating a stronger school community in connection with nature. 2002-2003 Alice Smith
Ethics Through Art Provided funds for the art department students to produce murals reflecting principals of ethical behavior. 2002-2003 WJH
Peer Insights Mentoring Provided funding for programs to complement the Peer Insights class in the FACs department. Outside activities supported by this grant will help build bridges between students with and without disabilities, allowing both groups to learn from each other. 2003-2004 HHS
Peace Project Provided funds for Project Peace, designed to foster peaceful attitudes for the students. The project includes the rebuilding and rededication of the Peace Garden and anti-bullying book discussion groups for students, staff and parents. 2003-2004 Gatewood
Peer Insights Peer Insights builds bridges between Hopkins High School students with disabilities and those without disabilities. In addition to learning about each other’s differences and unique abilities, the students go on social outings to focus on teamwork and to foster skills of independence. 2004-2005 HHS
Freshman Academy The North Junior High Freshman Academy written by Becky Melville and NJH Ninth Grade Teams addresses the unique needs of the transitional freshman year. Physically located in the junior high, ninth graders are working to earn high school credit. The $20,000 grant helped to create an environment to ease this challenging transition. Read more. 2005-2006 NJH
JumpStart for College First-generation college students will have an opportunity to get a JumpStart for College through a summer 2007 workshop. Students will be exposed to post-secondary options and learn about the college search and application process. 2005-2006 HHS
Peer Insights Peer Insights builds bridges between Hopkins High School students with disabilities and those without disabilities. In addition to learning about each other’s differences and unique abilities, the students go on social outings to focus on teamwork and to foster skills of independence. 2005-2006 HHS
Supplementary Skills Curriculum Curriculum development to teach 16 good habits of the mind that engage students in higher level thinking and can be applied in all disciplines. Pilot will benefit students in the Alternative Learning Center with plans for school-wide implementation in 2007-08. 2006-2007 WJH
Underground Railroad Simulation An equity-related student empowerment pilot focused on developing strong anti-racist student leadership for Dare to Be Real mentor leaders and for enhancing the educational experience of Advanced Placement U.S. History students at Hopkins High School. 2006-2007 HHS
Guidance Counselor Resource Grant With this grant, Hopkins High School was able to add a fifth guidance counselor, reducing the student-counselor ratio to 420 to 1 from a previous 525 to 1. Read more. 2006-2007 HHS
Peer Insights Helps students with and without disabilities to learn about one another, how to function in the community, how to interact with one another and how to make friends. The students go on social outings to focus on teamwork and to foster skills of independence. 2006-2007 HHS
College and Career Center Expansion With more staff time, students are able to explore post-secondary options including colleges, technical schools, military options and jobs. 2007-2008 HHS
Opening Doors to Post-Secondary Education Students with limited resources now have the opportunity to explore educational options available to them upon graduation. 2007-2008 HHS
Expanding Pathways for All Students This grant focuses on educating students and their parents on planning for high school coursework and post-secondary training or education. Well-defined graduation plans will be developed for sixth grade students as they begin their transition into middle school. 2007-2008 District-wide
Technical Education: Web Design and Business Marketing This project creates an opportunity for Hopkins High School students to design, create, and maintain an actual web-site for a spirit wear embroidery business. In addition, students will learn how to manage all aspects of a small business. Funds raised by the business will be returned to the students through Spirit Shop grants and sponsorships. 2007-2008 HHS
AVID Middle School Curriculum AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and strives to improve the performance of all junior high kids in the academic middle. The AVID program includes both an elective course and a building–wide approach with the goal of improving students’ academic skills, their ability to “do school” and become college-ready. 2007-2008 HHS, NJH, WJH
Children's Literature to Support 'Steps to Respect" Curriculum This grant funds children's literature to use along with the Steps to Respect & Second Steps Violence and Bullying Prevention Curriculum, a program HEF funded last year. 2008-2009 Tanglen
Transmitting Understanding via Active Expressions This grant funds Active ExpressionsTM for use with the Sophomore Academy. 2008-2009 HHS
Learning by Gardening NJH students learn to garden by participating in the entire growing cycle, from purchasing seeds, to planting flowers and vegetables in the McConnon greenhouse, to transplanting and caring for them in new raised beds in the courtyard. “School-grown” vegetables will be used in school lunches. 2010-2011 NJH
Making College a Reality for English Language Learners This innovative parent involvement program works with families of English Language Learners to explain the college process and help families better prepare their students. Read more 2011-2012 HHS, NJH
Let's Talk! and Job Talk! Curricula to teach critical work- and life-related skills to students with special needs. Read more 2012-2013 HHS, NJH, WJH
Green Gatehouse Structural Plan HHS Earth Club designs 'green' parking attendant structure. Read more 2013-2014 HHS
Full STEAM Ahead Bash 2015 Special Appeal. Stages Theater for K. Service projects for JH. Career lectures for HHS. Read more 2014-2015 District-wide
Kiva Microfinance: Making a Difference in the Third World Students, collaborating in groups of three, will get the opportunity to invest in someone’s future. After first heavily researching entrepreneurs in developing Third World countries, each group will choose a small business to receive a $25 loan. Read more. 2015-2016 NJH, WJH
Community Vegetable Garden & Outdoor Classroom Partnering with Glen Lake’s community, the school’s new living laboratory will focus on science, agriculture, and cooperation. Each grade level will plant six plots and use the garden in a different way. Read more.  2015-2016 Glen Lake
Kiva U Club: Investing in the World -- Awesome Fund Grant The new student-led Kiva U Club's goal is to involve more students at HHS, fundraise, and to loan at least $50 in each of the 27 countries represented by HHS students. Read more 2016-2017 HHS
Robotics Building Leadership Principal Mark French has found a unique way to encourage leadership, responsibility, and conflict resolution by engaging his students’ interest in robots. Read more 2016-2017 Gatewood
Edquity: Preparing for College with Finances in Mind Edquity is a software program for juniors and seniors in the AVID program - often the first of their family to go to college - to curate a list of feasible colleges based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and financial factors. Read more. 2017-2018 HHS


 

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